North Carolina Criminal Defendant May Waive Jury Trial, SB 399 (2014)
|Criminal Defendant Waiver of Trial by Jury|
|Constitution:||North Carolina Constitution|
|Referred by:||North Carolina State Legislature|
|Topic:||Civil and criminal trials|
|Status:||On the ballot|
The North Carolina Criminal Defendant May Waive Jury Trial Amendment, SB 399 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of North Carolina as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would permit criminal defendants who are not facing the death penalty to waive their right to trial by jury and instead be tried by a judge in Superior Court.
Text of measure
The official ballot text reads as follows:
|“||[ ] FOR [ ] AGAINST
Constitutional amendment providing that a person accused of any criminal offense for which the State is not seeking a sentence of death in superior court may, in writing or on the record in court and with the consent of the trial judge, waive the person's right to a trial by jury.
|Sec. 24. Right of jury trial in criminal cases.|
The measure was introduced into the legislature by Sen. Peter Brunstetter (R-31).
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the North Carolina Constitution
According to Section 4 of Article XIII of the North Carolina Constitution, a 60 percent vote in both legislative chambers was required in order to place the amendment on the ballot. SB 399 was approved by the North Carolina Senate on July 2, 2013. SB 399 was approved by the North Carolina House of Representatives on June 27, 2013. The bill was unanimously approved in both legislative chambers.
July 2, 2013 Senate vote
|North Carolina SB 399 Senate Vote|
June 27, 2013 Assembly vote
|North Carolina SB 399 Assembly Vote|
- North Carolina General Assembly, "Senate Bill 399 / S.L. 2013-300," accessed January 21, 2014
- North Carolina General Assembly, "Session Law 2013-300 / Senate Bill 399," accessed January 21, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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